A new survey by free texting app textPlus shows certain workplace interactions – those typically reserved for a face-to-face or phone conversation – are taking place more and more over text message.
In early 2008 Jobacle wondered if texting in sick was career suicide. According to these stats, it might be safer than we thought (though we definitely do not recommend it).
When it comes to college kids and recent grads (18-24 years old):
· 11% think it’s appropriate to ask for a raise via text
· 32% say it’s OK to “call in sick” to work via text (22% have actually done it)
· 11% think it’s alright to quit a job via text
And as for the generation after that – the one raised on text messages (13-17 years old):
· 18% of 13-17 year olds think it’s appropriate to ask for a raise via text
· 51% think it’s OK to “call in sick” to work via text
· 20% think it’s alright to quit a job via text
You’re probably thinking, what the hell do a bunch of teenagers know about work etiquette?! And you are correct. However, these are the next folks to enter the workforce, and in 10 years, they could be your boss.
Over the past year, I have had workers text me to tell me they won’t be in. While I have disocuraged the practice, as a boss, I secretly like it. Listening to mesages of people calling in sick with their “sick” voice, is a waste of time for everyone.
What are your thoughts on texting in sick? Will it ever be an accepted practice?